Introduction to Professional Skills in Biomedical Science

Course code HUBS1405Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course introduces the students to the biomedical sciences and its various disciplines. It outlines the career opportunities that are available for biomedical scientists. This course uses laboratory sessions in conjunction with lectures and tutorials to start developing the student's skills in research design and practical measurement of human function.

Students must complete a compulsory Occupational Health and Safety Component to undertake this course. Students will be advised in the course outline when this component will be conducted.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course should be able to:

1. Define what biomedical science is and briefly describe the scope of disciplines within biomedical science
2. Explain what a Biomedical Scientist does
3. Recognise laboratory hazards and describe safe laboratory practice
4. Understand how to conduct scientific experiments and measure basic properties of the human body and molecules
5. Perform simple interpretation and analysis of data collected from scientific experiments
6. Appropriately format and write a report on data collected from laboratory sessions
7. Recognise how to ensure the academic integrity of their actions in learning and work submitted for assessment including the appropriate use and citation of references.
Content1. What is biomedical science? Introduction to the following disciplines in biomedical science: Anatomy, Physiology, Cell biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Immunology and Microbiology.

2. Introduction to academic integrity and the issues of plagiarism and academic fraud.

3. What does a Biomedical Scientist do? This includes an overview of career opportunities.

4. Philosophy of Science, particularly experimentation in the biomedical sciences.

5. Introduction to research and laboratory skills including:
- Recognition of laboratory hazards and safe laboratory practice
- Development of a testable hypothesis
- Deciding on protocols to test a hypothesis
- Use of appropriate controls
- Conducting the experiment
- Collection of data and introduction to the interpretation and analysis of data
- Writing a laboratory report or paper detailing the experiments, findings and conclusions
- Introduction to the library's biomedical resources, searching journal databases for research articles and use of appropriate referencing of all sources of information.

6. Measurement in biomedical science including:
- The types of approaches used to measure properties of the body
- Introduction to variation and errors in measurement
- Measurement of biological signals
- An introduction to microscopy
Replacing Course(s)New course. In the Biomedical Science Program this new course will replace STAT1070 (10 unit) which will move to Year 2 of the program.
TransitionSTAT1070 will be moved to Year 2 of the program however this course will still be offered by the Faculty of Science and IT and so repeating students will have the opportunity to repeat this course in semester 1 or 2.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesReports, skills tasks, laboratory workbook, pre and post-lab work/quiz
Course Learning Objectives: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Other: (please specify)Attendance: This course has objectives and assessment that relate to laboratory skills, so it is a requirement that you achieve a satisfactory level of attendance at laboratory sessions.
Students who miss a laboratory session, and have grounds for adverse circumstances, will be provided alternative arrangements to meet these objectives & complete the assessment.
Other: (please specify)Students must complete the compulsory Occupational Health and Safety Component to pass the course overall.
Course Learning Objectives: 5
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS1405